I had the pleasure of taking part in the Elgin Fringe Festival this weekend. After two rehearsals, one of which I was out of town for; and a tech/dress, we put on four great performances of the world premier of "Paradigm." Performing is always a blessing, and each show has it's own message; but every once in a while you get a chance to be a part of something thought provoking and raw. This was the case with "Paradigm." We brought up topics of monogamy, polyamory, and marriage as it stands through different trials. We recieved a lot of positive feedback from audience members, and the highest compliment a performer hopes for, "It gave me so much to really think about." Whether the audience walked out agreeing or rejecting some of the ideas presented in this new piece of work, they left knowing a new perspective. This is something we as performers strive to do, show different walks of life in a "safe" environment for the audience. I am so grateful that I had the privilege to work with such a talented group of actors and such a gifted writer/director. Here's hoping our paths cross again!
If you're in, or around the Chicago area, you should come check out the next project I'm working on. I'll be playing the roles of Celia and Erica in Because Why Not? Theatre Company's "Paradigm." You can catch the show at 216 Prairie St. Elgin, IL, 60120 on September 18 at 10pm, the 19th at 2pm and 9:30pm, and the 20th at 6:30pm. You can get your tickets at www.elginfringefestival.com/#!tickets/c1n2l.
"Imagine if you and I could fly past the sun, and leave all our doubts and fears behind us. You see that's just what can happen if you look inside your mind, there's no limit to the wonders you can find. Whatever you imagine, can make your life brand new. There are miracles waiting, so keep concentrating. And I promise you that if you do, whatever you imagine can come true."